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Virginia Action Coalition

  • Virginia faces pressing healthcare challenges - an aging population, more patients with chronic illness, soaring costs, and a shortage of providers.
  • As the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, nurses are vital to the successful transformation of healthcare in our state.
  • Nurses must be prepared to meet the changing and complex healthcare demands of today - and the future.
  • To prepare nurses to take on these challenges, we must advance education, remove barriers to practice and care, and expand opportunities for nurses to lead.

“Achieving a
successful health
care system in the
future rests on the
future of nursing.”

-- Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD
President, Institute of Medicine

Our mission is to implement the recommendations of the Future of Nursing report. 


Nurses with higher levels of education translate into better outcomes for patients.1
Our education initiatives help ensure that by 2020, 80% of nurses in Virginia will hold a baccalaureate degree.


A Gallup survey of thought leaders2 said nurses should have more influence in all aspects of healthcare, but a survey of hospitals3 found that nurses account for only six percent of board members.
Our leadership initiatives help nurses be leaders - from the bedside to the boardroom.

Access to Care

When advanced practice registered nurses are permitted to practice to the full extent of their education and training, they provide equal, and in some cases, better care.4
Our access to care initiatives help ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training.

Interprofessional Collaboration

Collaboration on an integrated healthcare team improves coordination, communication and, ultimately, the quality and safety of patient care.5
Our interprofessional initiatives train nurses to lead as part of a collaborative, patient-centered health care team.


Virginia Action Coalition Highlights

  • $150,000 grant recipient from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Forecasting model for use by health systems use to help achieve a 80% baccalaureate-prepared nursing workforce
  • Statewide summits with nursing education stakeholders from community colleges and four-year colleges and universities
  • Created 40 Under 40 and Leadership Excellence award programs to identify and develop outstanding nurse leaders
  • Nominated nurses to serve on statewide boards and committees
  • Multimedia toolkit for registered nurses interested in earing a BSN degree
  • evolve™ - an interprofessional collaborative leadership training program developed in partnership with the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation
  • Leadership development programs, including a comprehensive online toolkit, mentorship opportunities, and emerging leader database
  • Comprehensive research on scope of practice barriers and regulations, nurses serving on boards, barriers to academic progression.
  • Launch of pilot programs promoting seamless RN-BSN academic progression
  • Statewide summit on “Cultivating Diversity in Academia and the Workforce”

More than 150 highly-engaged volunteers and 10 partner organizations and associations


What's Next?

  • Expanded focus on increasing diversity in nursing across Virginia
  • Launch of Sync, an interprofessional leadership training program in partnership with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and the Medical Society of Virginia
  • “Leadership Skills for Nurses” online certificate program
  • Outreach to consumer groups on pressing health topics and the important role of the advance practice registered nurse
  • Nursing mentorship program
  • Second 40 Under 40 award program, with expanded opportunities for leadership training
  • Nominate qualified nurses for gubernatorial appointments and statewide boards
  • "Patient and Family Centered Care: An Interprofessional Approach” - two day conference held in partnership with the Medical Society of Virginia, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, and Virginia Pharmacists Association

Help us create a future where we achieve our vision: all Virginians have access to affordable high quality care and live in an optimal state of health.


  1. Aiken et al., 2003; Estabrooks et al., 2005; Friese et al., 2008;
    Tourangeau et al., 2007; Van den Heede et al., 2009; Aiken, 2009.
  2. RWJF, 2010
  3. American Hospital Association, 2011
  4. Journal of Nursing Economic$, Sept/Oct 2011
  5. RWJF Health Policy Snapshot, September 2011